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Qualitative study—other
Simulated patient deterioration situations reveals taxonomy of the decisions made by nursing students
  1. Patrick Lavoie
  1. William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Patrick Lavoie, Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Maloney Hall, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill MA 02467, USA; Patrick.lavoie{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • This study provides a taxonomy of the decisions made by nursing students in patient deterioration simulations that can clarify the expected outcomes of decision-making education.

  • The results highlight the influence of knowledge and non-technical skills on student's decision-making in a team-based context.

  • Further research is needed to examine the generalisability of this taxonomy and evaluate the effectiveness of different approaches to teaching decision-making.


Simulation is increasingly used to prepare nursing students to recognise and respond to patient deterioration and research suggests its effectiveness to improve students' decision-making ability.1 However, the best approaches to simulation for achieving this outcome are less understood. This study by Bucknall and …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.